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  • Mechanical dopers could have bikes confiscated mid-stage

    SAINT-LO, France (AP) -- Tour de France cyclists suspected of using hidden motors will be stopped even in the middle of a stage, UCI president Brian Cookson said on Friday. The International Cycling Union is deploying a magnetic resonance test and thermal cameras to catch any cheats. ''We can do…

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  • Tour de France getting harder for sprinters, says Cavendish

    Saint-Lô (France) (AFP) - Every year the Tour de France gets tougher for sprinters, British speed king Mark Cavendish claimed ahead of a distinctly mountainous 2016 edition. The 31-year-old Manxman is third in the all-time list of Tour stages wins with 26 behind only legends Eddie Merckx (34) of…

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  • Anticipate mayhem for start of Tour de France Saturday

    Our NBC Sports crew previews Stage 1 of the Tour de France and says that between the weather and the course, it will be chaos.

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  • Competitive fields head to gate in third Olympics for BMX

    In 2008, Strombergs swept through the competition from the quarterfinals. Now 29, Strombergs will be one of the older competitors at the Rio Olympics, where the average age of a rider skews closer to the early-to-mid 20s. Strombergs does have that Olympic pedigree , though.

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  • How to follow every moment of the 2016 Tour de France on social media

    With the Tour de France 2016 kicking off this weekend, here is a list of Twitter accounts and social media sites to help you follow the race from start to finish and experience the world's greatest cycling event to the fullest.

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  • TOUR DE FRANCE: Froome worried about pure climbers

    SAINT-LO, France (AP) — Featuring two individual time trials and a lot of mountains, the Tour de France route suits titleholder Chris Froome very well. The British allrounder, however, believes pure climbing specialists will excel in the heat of the French summer.

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    Froome has few weaknesses - Quintana

    Movistar's Nairo Quintana, who is bidding to win a first Tour de France title, has said that defending champion Chris Froome has very few weaknesses ahead of the start of cycling's most iconic race.

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  • Cycling: Suspicious bikes could be checked during Tour stages - UCI

    By Julien Pretot SAINT-LO, France, July 1 (Reuters) – Bikes could be checked for hidden motors during stages as part of plans to crack down on cheats in this year’s Tour de France, International Cycling Union (UCI) president Brian Cookson said on Friday. Bikes are usually tagged in the finish area…

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  • Cycling-List of Tour de France winners

    MONT ST MICHEL, France, June 30 (Reuters) - List of Tour de France champions since the event was first staged in 1903 (No races during the World Wars): 2015 Chris Froome (Britain) 2014 Vincenzo Nibali (Italy) 2013 Froome 2012 Bradley Wiggins (Britain) 2011 Cadel Evans (Australia) 2010 Andy Schleck…

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  • TOUR DE FRANCE: 5 key stages to look out for

    The Mont-Saint-Michel, a World Heritage Benedictine abbey perched on a rock off the Normandy coast, will provide a picture-postcard start for the race as the Grand Depart returns to home roads after visits to Britain and the Netherlands in the last two years. Germany's Marcel Kittel and Britain's…

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  • D-Day remembered as Tour de France kicks off in Normandy

    SAINT-LO, France (AP) — The landing beaches. The war cemeteries. The museums. The first towns that were liberated more than 70 years ago.

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  • TOUR DE FRANCE: Astana aims to add yellow to pink

    ROME (AP) — When the team directors at Astana sat down to plan this season, the outline went something like this: A pink jersey for Vincenzo Nibali, a yellow jersey for Fabio Aru, and a gold medal for Nibali.

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  • Cavendish laments diminished chances for sprinters at Tour

    SAINT-LO, France (AP) -- Not too long ago, a successful Tour de France for Mark Cavendish meant coming away with a handful of victories. ''The sprint opportunities are less,'' Cavendish said on Thursday, lamenting how Tour organizers have created more challenging routes in recent years with more…

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  • Froome wary of climbing challenges at this year's Tour de France

    Saint-Lô (France) (AFP) - Reigning champion Chris Froome says this year's Tour de France is made for the specialist climbers. Although there are two individual time-trials totalling 54km, it is the mountainous terrain that appears most foreboding along the 3,500km route starting in Normandy and…

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  • Cycling: Cavendish can handle Tour and Olympics, says former coach

    Mark Cavendish can handle three weeks at the Tour de France and still contend for track gold at the Rio Olympics, according to one of his former coaches at Team Sky. The sprinter, winner of 26 Tour stages and hoping to add to that figure when the race begins on Saturday in Normandy, has never…

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  • Europeans set high bar on mountain bike for Olympics

    Jaroslav Kulhavy trained so hard for the Olympics that he didn't have time to finish work on a new house. It took a broken left hand to finally slow him down on the mountain bike, though it's not the kind of break he needed as he works to get back atop the medal stand in Rio. After a five-week…

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  • Tech fraud takes over from doping as Tour de France scourge

    Saint-Lô (France) (AFP) - For the past decade doping has been a hot topic at the Tour de France but this year it will be taking a back seat to another form of cheating: technological fraud. EPO, CERA and blood doping were the villainous watchwords at the Tour over the last 10 years but now it is…

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    Froome in 'great shape' ahead of race start

    Team Sky's Chris Froome has said he is in great shape heading into this year's Tour de France, with the defending champion aiming to secure a third triumph in cycling's most famous race.

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  • Quintana primed for Froome 'attacks' at Tour de France

    Saint-Lô (France) (AFP) - Nairo Quintana says he's trained specifically to resist any early attacks from chief rival Chris Froome at the Tour de France. Froome won the Tour in 2013 and last year, with Colombian climber Quintana finishing second to him on both occasions. Froome started faster each…

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  • Local regions splurge 'fortune' on Tour de France

    The Tour de France costs "a fortune", says the president of Normandy, but that didn't stop the region bidding to host Saturday's Grand Depart for the 103rd edition at the picturesque Mont Saint-Michel. The region in northern France spent 1.3 million euros ($1.4 million) to host the Tour, which will…

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